In this issue:
Mark your calendars!
March 15, 2011
5:30 - GWAEA Board of Directors Work Session
7:00 – GWAEA Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting
April 14, 2011
Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.
Watch for the next issue of The Bulletin Board on Monday, March 21
Contracted Staff – Assignment Change Procedures
As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category. The procedures are found on the portal page of our website under HR & Business Services in the general info, contacts, forms area, or by following this link: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/intranet/assignmentprocess4.doc.
Please note: These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category. These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in being employed under a different job category.
Assignment information is updated each Monday morning. While no new assignment openings have been announced lately, some new opportunities have recently been identified and will begin to be announced the week of March 14. To access this information, please dial voice mail number 6555, ext. 6302. Ext. 6302 is used for announcements only. Please do not leave voice mail messages on this extension because the message may not be retrieved. If you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6748. Thank you.
Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms before registering for classes. (These forms are available upon request from the Human Resources Office.) Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.
This update includes renewal information about health, dental and vision insurance for 2011-12 and an overview of the health insurance consortium.
Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 11
Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff interested in applying for the 2011-2012 Organizational Leadership program.
Participants will spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also participate in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work.
A small cohort of participants is selected each year through an application process. Participants completing their second year in the cohort include Tammy Beener, Katy Lee, Tracy Liebermann, David Maiers and Jill Ries. This year Mary Crandall, Barb Hunt, Mark Hartung and Kay Schieffer began their first year of leadership development.
Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must complete an application and send it, along with other requested documents, to Dr. Ron Fielder, Chief Administrator, by March 11, 2011. Applications for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the GWAEA website at the following address: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/leadership/ldrshipdev.html.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Fry at email@example.com.
AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey has launched
The 2010-11 AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey is now live and will be available through April 8. The Iowa Department of Education conducts this annual statewide survey. The survey provides us with insight on what the AEA is doing right and what we can do to improve our services.
Educators were invited by email to participate in the AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey. As of Friday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m., 742 educators in the Grant Wood AEA service area have responded to the survey. We ask that you encourage the teachers you work with to participate so that we can gain valuable input about our programs and services.
The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge - update
Dates of Challenge: Jan. 20 – April 29, 2011
All Grant Wood AEA teams combined total stats for this program:
158 total lbs lost
1,103 hrs 30 min total activity
4,414 total miles
otal of 158 pounds lost! Here’s a visual: one pound equals one box of butter (the box with four sticks), so take 158 boxes and pile them up. That’s the total pounds lost and the group is only half-way through!
Staff participating are working out, sharing recipes and supporting each other. Congrats to all the teams on such a successful half-way point!
First Annual GWAEA Chili Cook-off
A big thank you goes to Nicole Clymer for suggesting the chili cook-off. Fifteen people donated crocks of chili. Over 50 people participated in the taste test. Neither the identity of the cooks nor the chili contents were revealed at the tasting.
Thank you to all 15 cooks!
Crock # 1 – Mike Kiely (voted spiciest)
Crock # 2 – Sherry Sines
Crock # 3 – George Held
Crock # 4 – Andy Crozier
Crock # 5 – Gail Cook (voted best overall)
Crock # 6 – Jayne Hardy Kamberling (voted most traditional)
Crock # 7 – Carla Green
Crock # 8 – Stacy Murphy
Crock # 9 – Karen Michalec
Crock # 10 – Nicole Clymer
Crock # 11 – Virginia Smelser (voted most unusual)
Crock # 12 – Stu Weinbrenner (voted best aroma)
Crock # 13 – Jeanie Wade Nagel (voted mildest)
Crock # 14 – Mary Cummings
Crock # 15 – Kim Martin
Starr Books held in the Media Center
Starr Books was held on Friday, March 11 in the Media Center. Grant Wood AEA staff (right) shared an example of the student eBooks in the collection and how they can be used with interactive whiteboards or for students to read via computer.
The next Starr Books is planned during April. For information, contact Melva Starr, ext. 6454 or Char Haddy, ext. 6750.
Health Screen Blood Profile planned during April
Grant Wood AEA will be facilitating a Health Screen Blood Profile in April. The cost of the blood profile is $19 – the same as last year. Spouses of employees may also participate at this cost. Please bring a check made out to Grant Wood AEA that morning.
You do not need an appointment; just leave your name, by phone or e-mail, with the location secretary listed below.
Please let Barb or Nancy know by March 28th if you plan to participate.
Sixth Street Facility-Grant Wood Room
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737
Coralville Facility-Room A-B
Thursday, April 7, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211
Be sure to fast at least 12 hours before the test. A light snack will be available after the blood draw.
PEP Program's Assistive Technology for Your Student workshop rescheduled to Saturday, April 16
Learn about assistive technology tookits for reading, writing, and organization and high tech and low tech tools and web-based tools. The presenter will be Jane Faley-Smith, GWAEA assistive technology consultant.
Parents and educators of students who may benefit from assistive technology in the general or special education classroom are invited to attend.
Check in will be 8:45 a.m. with the workshop from 9-11 a.m. To register, contact Deb Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6777.
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA Conference Center
Registration deadline: May 25, 2011
This workshop is designed to provide participants the chance to view and interact with reading intervention materials for struggling readers. Publishing companies
will each have a booth to display their materials. They will also each provide a 30-45 minute presentation highlighting the target for the interventions, how data is gathered and monitored, and research based results.
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission
dates for the 2010-2011 school year:
- April 28, 2011
The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.
Coupons at the switchboard
Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks coupons for 40% off entire purchase from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2011. See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard.
Lost and Found:
Small M&M’s green water bottle. See Cathy Nelson at the switchboard.
For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.
A schedule of current and archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.
Webinars featuring information about the online resources.
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